An Economist’s View of ‘Infinite’ Spending

Billionaire and Head Nanny of New York City, Michael Bloomberg notes:  ‘Oh, you can’t spend money you don’t have.’ That is true for your household because nobody is going to lend you an infinite amount of money. When it comes to the United States federal government, people do seem willing to lend us an infinite amount of money. … Our debt is so big and so many people own it that it’s preposterous to think that they would stop selling us more. It’s the old story: If you owe the bank $50,000, you got a problem. If you owe the bank $50 million, they got a problem. And that’s a problem for the lenders. They can’t stop lending us more money.”

Hmm, whenever anyone starts using superlatives such as ‘infinite’ to explain macroeconomics, that’s when you know that it’s time to run.

 

 

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